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Can “Fat Taxes” Keep Us Healthy?


The solution to the soft drink situation couldn’t be simpler because there are so many alternatives.  The most obvious drink is WATER which happens to be the most thirst quenching. If you are wanting a little something extra, the following are all great replacements and happen to be good for you.

green tea powerfood

Six Easy Replacements for Pop:

  1. Sparkling mineral water with fresh juice added to it which will have the zing of pop.
  2. Sparkling mineral water with slices of lemon or lime and a few drops of stevia.
  3. Lemon or Lime or Orange Water: Put three slices in a pitcher full of water and leave for an hour and it will be gently flavored water. One of the benefits is that it will ALKALIZE the water.
  4. Water flavored with pure fruit juice.
  5. Lemonade made with fresh lemon juice and stevia to taste.
  6. Herbal teas sweetened with stevia. My favorite is a whole food drink based on green tea called Fortune Delight. Read about green tea in The Powerfood That Rules the World.

If you crave sugar in other forms, read 7 Tips to Get Off Sugar.

Personally I find that when I am balanced, nourished and not stressed, I do not crave pop or junk food. What do you do to avoid junk food?

Personally I think we all need to take responsibility for our own health but I recognize that many people just will not do that!

What do you think about “fat taxes”?

Written by Randy Fritz from Real Food for Life

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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1:17AM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

I think it sounds like a good idea. It probably won't deter many people from continuing to buy junk food, but it would be nice if they could put the money raised by the tax towards something useful. Healthcare or health education in schools, something like that.

6:48PM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

Bring it on!

2:51AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

I think a fat tax should definitely be implemented - I'm tired of paying for other people's healthcare when they can't take care of themselves at all and have given themselves diabetes and heart disease. If people wish to make the choice to be unhealthy, they should have to pay for it so that other people don't have to!

2:09PM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

This tax won't prevent people from buying "fat drinks and foods". It's just another way to take our money from us. Then we won't even be able to afford healthy food and drinks.

1:52PM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

.......sure go ahead........and the taxes on cigarettes worked well.....last time I looked people were still buying cigarettes at, what, $8 a pack........

8:35AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

TAX AND REGULATE WATER CONSUMPTION! People have overdosed from drinking it, we need to keep a better eye on people drinking too much water!

7:17AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

I say tax the heck out of sodas, junk food, etc. I never drink soda since tea is such a better alternative. Junk food just isn't on my list. I don't think a fat tax would ever be approved here . First of all, the big junk food corporations like Burger King, etc. would use their "$$$ power" to prevent it. Secondly, Americans, in general, are just not very health oriented. Just take a look around you at our overweight population. It's simply disgusting to see all that jingling fat everywhere. This tax is more likely to fly in Europe where people are more open minded with alternative medicine, progressive renewable energy useage, small cars, etc. We have along way to go to catch up with Europe.

4:36PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

soda is just terrible

7:41PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

I hvae been saying this for years.

12:27PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

I don't like to drink sugary drinks myself, but there are people who will anyway even with a tax. I think if less people do buy them they could force the people who make them to make some alternatives.

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